7 Realistic Resolutions To Make in 2017

7 Realistic Resolutions To Make in 2017

Because you're probably not going to the gym after next week.

It’s a new year which means for the next couple of weeks everyone is going to be talking about what they’re going to the gym or their cutting people out of their lives for no reason other than they just think that they’re going to make friends that are different than their current ones. To be honest if you really want to start going to the gym more often start in a weird month like March and If you dealt with people for a whole year what is the purpose of randomly stopping talking to them?

Honestly, who cares but maybe you should think of making the following resolutions.

1. Eat out less.

Stop spending so much money on food. One, it’s not good for you and two, you’ll probably save more money to do other things.

2. Drink less.

First, if you're underage you shouldn't be drinking at all so there’s no reason not to do this. Second, if you you are of age, drinking less will again help you with money but also help your liver because you are getting older and everything is slowly deteriorating and there are other things to do in life other than drinking every weekend.

3. Stop bingeing television shows.

One thing that may be the hardest to do is to stop binge watching television shows no matter how interesting they are. Maybe the reason you never have anything to watch is because you go through an entire season of a show in 2 days. Slow it down and stretch it out.

4. Read a book.

Instead of binge watching a television show read a book. They’re just like television shows but make you use this thing called you’re imagination in order to visualize the story you're reading even if it is an autobiography.

5. Adopt a dog/cat.

You don't have to adopt an animal obviously, but if you're thinking about getting a dog or cat this year follow the motto “Adopt don't shop.” There are many animals abandoned in need of home and while it may seem appealing to get a cute little puppy or kitten, giving a home to a dog or cat who was neglected and needs it may feel even more invigorating.

6. Clean out your closet.

Chances are you have a bunch of clothes that you don't wear. If you clean out your closet and find items you don't want or wear you can donate them or even sell them to someone or thrift stores and make a little money. You should chose to donate though, because there are people who need them.

7. Lie less.

If you decide to disregard any of the previous resolutions, the one thing you should at least do is lie less. The major issue with many relationships and friendships is the great amount of lying that goes on in them which is too much. Try telling the truth more such as if your friend looks a mess in an outfit don't tell them they look nice. Obviously there are times when lying is probably better but there are few of them. Just try your best to lie less.

You could try to eat healthier or volunteer more but that requires a lot of work and being persistent which no one is really good at anymore. Trying these little things could prove to make your year a little better. If you can do this than maybe you could move on to the bigger ones as mid-year resolutions.

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Origin Of Life

A small theory for a very big thing.

One of the most controversial topics to ever face the humans on earth: The origin of life. There are so many different ideas and theories to support, however I’m going to discuss it purely based on scientific research.

It’s estimated that the Earth was formed around 4.5 billion years ago. This estimate comes from measuring the ages of the oldest rocks on Earth, along with the ages of moon rocks and meteorites, from a process called radioactive dating (which means the decay of radioactive isotopes is used to calculate the time of the rocks creation). I would go more into this process, however there’s a lot to discuss about the origin of life, and not rocks.

Imagine this: Earth as we know it now, except back then it’s literally a bunch of flaming rocks. There’s this ball of flaming rocks, and it’s constantly being hit with more, you guessed it, flaming rocks (can also be called meteors). Just a little fact, one of the meteors that hit “earth” hit it so well that the moon was created due to the amount of debri flying around in earth’s orbit. Another little fact, some of those meteors that were plummeting into earth actually contained H20 (water)! There’s now steam in the atmosphere and the temperature is cooling, resulting in an actual ground instead of hot lava. However, the ground doesn’t last long for there’s a lot, i repeat a lot of rain that occurs, therefore creating an ocean. However fear not, land does come back, and with that, we have an earth that is more familiar to us. But wait! Where’s the life? That’s where this origin of life theory i’m going to discuss comes in.

While it’s still not known for sure how life came to be, there is one theory that stands out. During the 1920s, Russian scientist Aleksandr Oparin and English scientist J. B. S. Haldane both (separately) proposed what's now called the Oparin-Haldane hypothesis: life on Earth could have arisen step-by-step from non-living matter through a process of “gradual chemical evolution.” Oparin and Haldane theorized that the early Earth had a reducing atmosphere, meaning an oxygen-poor atmosphere in which molecules are able and tend to donate electrons. Under these conditions, simple inorganic molecules (that traveled from a meteor) could have reacted (with energy from lightning or the sun) to form building blocks such as acids and nucleotides, which could have accumulated in the oceans, making a "primordial soup." The building blocks (monomers) could have combined in further reactions, forming larger, more complex molecules (polymers) like proteins and nucleic acids. The polymers then could have assembled into units or structures that were capable of sustaining and replicating themselves. Oparin thought these might have been “colonies” of proteins clustered together to carry out metabolism, while Haldane suggested that macromolecules became enclosed in membranes to make cell-like structures.

And there you have it, a origin of life theory. While there are many others to discuss, this one made sense to discuss just due to the fact that it kind of covers everything. Now with this gained knowledge, go forth and research more!

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I Refuse To Apologize For Putting My Mental Health Before My Education

It's OK to not be OK.

I’ve been in college for a long time now. By the time I receive my undergraduate degree I will be 24 going on 25. Some days I think about this and I feel defeated, like I’m far behind where I wanted to be in my life. Then I remember why I’m so far behind and I feel a little bit better about it.

I’ve struggled with various mental illnesses for a large portion of my life. Over the past 10 years at least. It’s been a daily struggle and somedays I can get out of bed and face the day and be perfectly fine, but there are days when I can’t function. AND THAT’S OKAY.

I used to beat myself up for missing a class or having to call into work because I just couldn’t do life that day. As I’ve gotten older I’ve let myself realize that you have to take care of yourself in whatever way works for you. If that means that you have to stay in bed for three days and sleep, then do that and when you feel more yourself face the world and get your life together.

Mental health days have proven to be so important to my life and successfully functioning as a part of society. Yes, maybe it’s taken me a bit longer to get through certain parts of my life, but I’ve moved at a pace that works for me and when I’m finally finished with this chapter of my life I’ll be able to say that I came out happy and healthy and functional.

College is hard. It’s hard for healthy people and it’s definitely hard for those who struggle with any sort of illness, mental or physical.

Over the past 10 years I have come to terms with what my illnesses mean. I can’t be like everyone else all the time and I can’t just pretend everything is fine. The more I tried to ignore my problems, the larger my problems became. In this case ignorance IS NOT bliss, it’s a death sentence.

Everyone in this world will struggle with something at some point in their life and if you’re anything like me you’ll put on a brave face and say that you’re fine…for a while. But there is no shame in not being okay. You can’t be okay all that time. To quote my favorite show, Grey’s Anatomy, “Not everybody has to be happy all the time. That’s not mental health; that’s crap!”

Take that day off. Stay in bed. Eat that junk food that you never let yourself have. Cry. Scream. Drive until you don’t remember why you weren’t okay in the first place. Do whatever it is you need to do to feel okay (within reason. Please don’t do anything unhealthy). Accept that it is okay not to be okay and show the world that, yeah maybe you’re a hot mess, but you’re handling it and you’ll come out better than ever because you took the time to sort out your crap and maintain your mental health instead of rushing through it to please society.

So maybe I’ll be in my 30’s before I finish school, but that’s okay because I’m healthy-ish, I’m happy-sorta, and I did what I needed to do to succeed in my own life and I refuse to apologize for that.

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